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  • Do Right by Right Whale Protect North Atlantic Right Whales from Deadly Entanglements

    -North Atlantic right whales could be extinct in the wild by 2040 -- and the two leading reasons for human-caused North Atlantic right whale deaths are ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear.

    The US government has lowered permitted vessel speeds to reduce ship strikes. But to save these whales we have to prevent deadly fishing entanglements too.

    Click now to sign this petition.

  • Last Refuge For Declining Songbirds Old-Growth Forests Can Provide Last Refuge
    For Declining Songbirds As Climate Changes

    Dec. 22, 2017 - A new study from Oregon State University scientists finds that old-growth forests could be an important refuge for songbirds in the face of climate change.

    Lead author and ecologist Matt Betts tracked songbird populations in different kinds of forests – including old growth and mature tree plantations.

    Click now for more on this earthFix story.

  • Durrell Wildlife Trust The Many Ways They Defend Species

    An organization fully dedicated to the preservation of species. Their website contains many stories, videos and images to get their message across.

    Click now to get to the site.

  • Lions Have Their Own Day Main Cause for Mane Claws

    August 11, 2017 - Today is World Lion Day, and we can't think of a better way to spend it than raising critically needed funds for research-driven, field-tested strategies that will help save one of the most awe-inspiring species on Earth.

    Click to see how you can help.

  • Border Wall Could Harm 10k SpeciesTrump’s Border Wall Could
    Impact an Astonishing 10,000 Species

    May 18, 2017- What do the bald eagle, robust cottontail, tiger salamander and Texas banded gecko have in common?

    Easy: They’re all among the 841 documented vertebrate species that would be affected by the border wall proposed by President Trump. Many of those species, experts warn, would risk extinction or face severe population impacts if the wall were built.

  • Swans: Get the Lead OutSearch And Rescue For
    Lead-Poisoned Swans

    Feb. 3, 2017,- When Martha Jordan arrived on scene, an elegant white bird with a black beak, a symbol of grace and beauty, lay draped across the tall grass at the edge of a lake. Jordan trudged through the marsh, scooped up its emaciated, 10-pound body and cradled the dead bird in her arms.

  • Reconnect Forests - Save SpeciesThe Power of Reconnecting
    Forests to Stop Extinctions

    Aug. 22, 2017 -A new paper offers some of the best evidence yet for the efficacy of connecting fragmented forests to save threatened species. The scientific study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and co-authored by SavingSpecies President Stuart Pimm and Vice President Clinton Jenkins, illustrates how small investments of land and money in targeted forest corridor restoration projects can make a huge difference for the world’s biodiversity.

  • Take The Arctic Wildlife Quiz How Much Do You
    Know About Arctic Wildlife?

    Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), see how much you actually know.

Of Interest

  • The Swift Fox is In Trouble Swift Fox May Not Be
    Swift Enough to Avoid Extinction

    - Although historically common and widely distributed in short- and mixed-grass prairies of the Great Plains, swift foxes have experienced significant population declines and are now estimated to occupy less than half of their historic range in the United States. In the face of this enormous decline, a multi-stakeholder, comprehensive approach is required to restore swift fox populations across the Northern Great Plains and beyond. Collaboration among tribal communities, universities, conservation organizations, state and government agencies, and private landowners is essential for the swift fox to make a viable comeback.

    Click now for the news
    from World Wildlife Federation.

  • Polar Bears InternationalPolar Bears International -
    Yes, They Have Their Own Group

    Their mission is to conserve polar bears and the sea ice they depend on. We also work to inspire people to care about the Arctic and its connection to our global climate.

  • Earth-Friendly DietEat Less Meat: Save More Wildlife

    Meat production is one of the main drivers of environmental degradation globally, and the crisis is rapidly growing worse.

    That’s why the Center for Biological Diversity launched their Earth-friendly Diet campaign.

  • The Last of Their Kind Eight Species On Life Support

    Oct. 3, 2016 - Other than the remote hope of cloning extinct animals, ponderings about extinct creatures are reserved for the imagination. Extinction is the reason we should cherish the creatures that still roam the planet, the ones we still have a chance to experience. This is especially true when it comes to creatures teetering on the brink of extinction.

    Click now for a glimpse
    (while you still can).

  • End of a Bumble Bee Species This Bumble Bee Is About to Go Extinct

    Sept. 28, 2016 -The rusty patched bumble bee, which can be identified by a rust-colored patch on its abdomen, was once a commonly seen pollinator from the midwest to the east coast. Unfortunately, scientists believe that it has disappeared from 87% of its historic range since the 1990s and that its population has declined by a startling 95%.

    Click now for a bad buzz.

  • Last 100 Yrs of Animal Extinction Every Extinct Animal Since 1916

    Click now for the images
    and the rest of the story.

  • Fla. Endangered Species Slideshow Endangered Panther Slide Show

    From Sierra Club - presented by Associated Organizing Representative, Aexis Meyer, MSc -This slideshow is being presented by Ms Meyer at various Sierra Club venues thorouhgout the country. It keys in on why we need to protect panthers and other endangered animals.

  • Bluefin Tuna Danger Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Are In Trouble

    This largest of tuna and can live up to 40 years. They migrate across oceans and can dive more than 4,000 feet...

    Click now for more and
    to watch a video.

The World's Ten Most Threatened Species

Ivory Billed WP
Javan Rhino
Bamboo Lemur
Bamboo Lemur
Northern Right Whale
Right Whale
Mountain Gorilla
Siberian Tiger
Chinese Giant Salamander
Chinese Giant
Hawaiian Monk Seals
Monk Seal

Endangered Species News

  • The Real Poop on Poaching From the Distinction Countdown Series

    Apr. 11, 2017 -Last month customs officials in Singapore intercepted more than 60 bags containing nearly 1,800 pieces of smuggled elephant ivory. To help shed more light on the crimes, they placed a call to American conservation biologist Samuel Wasser.

    Wasser is a scientist, but also a bit of a detective. Using techniques he has spent decades perfecting, Wasser can extract DNA from any elephant tusk, allowing him to identify almost exactly where the animal was killed by poachers. “I can take a tusk and I can pinpoint where it came from within three kilometers — and sometimes to the very park,” he says.

    Click now for more of the
    story from the Revelator.

  • Whom to Believe - Scientists or Deniers? Climate Change Denialists Say Polar Bears Are Fine.
    Scientists Are Pushing Back.

    Apr. 10, 2017 -Furry, button-nosed and dependent on sea ice for their survival, polar bears have long been poster animals for climate change.

    But at a time when established climate science is being questioned at the highest levels of government, climate denialists are turning the charismatic bears to their own uses, capitalizing on their symbolic heft to spread doubts about the threat of global warming.

    Click now for more of the story from the New York Times.

  • Saving a Fussy Predator in Europe With Help From 50,000 Rabbits

    VILCHES, Spain, Mar. 31, 2018 -The Iberian lynx is a picky eater. Despite its agility and speed, it almost only chases rabbits.

    This narrow choice of prey helps explain why this feline came close to extinction less than two decades ago, after disease wiped out large numbers of rabbits from the Iberian Peninsula. But a vast breeding and relocation program has now turned the lynx into a flagship example of Europe’s efforts to maintain its biodiversity.

    Click now for more on this story from the NY Times.

  • Troubling Times for the White Rhino The Last Male Northern White
    Rhino Suffers Declining Health

    Mar. 1, 2018 -Sudan is a 45-year-old northern white rhinoceros – and the last male of his kind. He’s suffering from poor health, and if he dies before he is able to mate it will likely signal the effective extinction of the northern white rhino, a subspecies that was driven to its current crisis by poaching. “We are very concerned about him — he’s extremely old for a rhino and we do not want him to suffer unnecessarily,” said the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, where Sudan and two female white rhinos Najin and Fatu live.

    Click to for more, including a slideshow, from Inhabitat.

  • Turnabout is Fair Play Suspected Poacher Eaten by
    Lions in South Africa

    Feb. 12, 2018 -A suspected poacher was mauled to death and eaten by a pride of lions outside of South Africa's famed Kruger National Park, according to media reports.

    The victim's remains were found over the weekend at a private game park near Hoedspruit in the province of Limpopo. The lions ate most of the body but left the head behind. A loaded hunting rifle was also found nearby.

    "It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions. They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains," Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe said in a statement.

    Click now for more from EcoWatch News.

  • Ivory: First You Say You Do and Then You Don't. Then You Say You Will, and Then You Won't

    Nov.17, 2017 - So what are you gonna do?

    President Trump on Friday reversed the government’s decision to start allowing hunters to import trophies of elephants that were killed in two African countries, pending a further review.

    His evening Twitter message reversed a decision by his own administration over Zimbabwe that was announced this week and promoted as recently as Friday afternoon by the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

    Click for the NY Times story.

  • Sea Turtles Appear to Be Bouncing Back Sea Turtles Making a
    Comeback Throughout the World

    Sept. 20, 2017 - On this planet, so many plants and animals are disappearing that scientists worry we’re experiencing a sixth mass extinction. Many of these organisms are taking hits from a variety of angles — habitat loss, climate change and more — that it’s hard to get a grasp on how to stop their declines. Conservation success stories are rare.

    But sea turtles may be an exception, according to an comprehensive analysis of global sea turtle abundance published Wednesday in Science Advances.

    Click to read the
    NY Times Science article.

  • Snot Otters Get A Second Chance In Ohio AKA: Eastern Hellbender Salamander

    Sept 16, 2017 - They’re the color of mud, and they can grow up to two feet long. People call them snot otters because they’re covered in a layer of slippery mucus. Or lasagna lizards because they have a crinkly flap of skin on their sides that helps them absorb oxygen (and resembles a lasagna noodle).

    Eastern hellbenders live throughout the Appalachian region in the United States. Their ancestors have been on earth for around 160 million years, but in the last several decades their numbers have dropped dangerously in several states, primarily due to habitat destruction. Eastern hellbenders are endangered in Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana.

    Click for the entire NPR story.

  • Whale Sharks Are in Trouble Want to Adopt One?

    August 23, 2017 - The whale shark is the biggest fish and shark in the world. These gentle marine giants roam the oceans around the globe, generally alone. However, large numbers of whale sharks often gather in areas with abundant plankton food—making them prime tourist attractions. Its enormous mouth (nearly five feet wide) engulfs large quantities of tiny plankton that it filters through its gills as it swims.

    Click now to learn more.

  • Inside Kenya's Must-visit Elephant Nursery In Nairobi, Orphaned Elephants Get
    a Second Chance At Life and Family

    August 17, 2017 - At a facility located on the edges of Nairobi National Park, a small crowd of smiling people stands quietly. Adults and children from countries around the world line up along a rope that surrounds a large area of red dirt. Within the paddock are puddles of water, hills of soft russet soil, newly cut branches thick with green leaves, and a large wheelbarrow filled with oversized milk bottles. The play area at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust baby elephant nursery is ready for the youngsters that brought so many people here.

    Click for the story and a great photo.

  • "Unbearable" News for Grizzlies Yellowstone Grizzlies:
    How Many Could Hunters Kill?

    August 17, 2017 - Up to 20 grizzly bears could be hunted in 2017 based on 2016 population estimates and acceptable federally set mortality limits. Trophy hunting is highly unlikely in 2017 because the three states bordering Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks intend to hold public hearings before hunting rules are finalized.

    Click now, if you can "bear" it.

  • Florida Anglers Target Endangered Sharks And Giving Each Other Tips
    on How to Get Away With It

    Aug. 15, 2017 - Some Florida fishermen are purposefully flouting laws and reeling in endangered sharks, an important new paper reveals.

    The illegal activities were uncovered by shark researcher David Shiffman, who studied postings on the online message boards of the South Florida Shark Club, the largest club in the state for fishermen who practice from piers or beaches. Shiffman examined more than 1,250 posts by these land-based anglers and found evidence of people knowingly catching protected species such as lemon sharks (Negaprion breivirostris), sandbar sharks (Carcharhinus plumbeus), tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier), and three hammerhead shark species (Sphyrna lewini, S. mokarran, and S. zygaea). At least 389 sharks were illegally caught, according to his analysis.

    Read on by clicking right now.

  • Lemur: One of World's Most Endangered Primates The Challenge is to Preserve Them

    Aug. 15, 2017 - For five straight months, Sheila Holmes slipped through the Madagascar rainforest, 16,000 kilometres away from her Calgary university classes, eyes and feet following black-and-white ruffed lemurs as they flew through the trees.

    She's now working on her anthropology doctorate, became a crucial part of what is the longest continuous monitoring program of one of the most endangered primate species in the world.

    Read more by clicking now.

  • The Bison Returns to Wind River Reservation After 131 Years, Bison Return to
    Wind River Wyoming, Helping Restore an
    Ecosystem—And Heal The Past

    July 31, 2017- On MAY 3, 2017, a newborn male bison entered the world on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, a historic event signaling the rebirth of an iconic species on these tribal lands—and of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho people who share them.

    Click for the story and some images.

  • Aardvarks & Climate Change - Bad Match Aardvarks' Tragic Fate
    is a Result Of Climate Change

    July 31, 2017 - The aardvark, a highlight for anyone on a game-viewing African safari, will become increasingly rare as the world warms and dries, and the consequences go well beyond a decline in aardvark safari encounters.

    Click now for the rest of the story.

  • A Full Service Crime Lab to Protect Animals Wildlife's Only Full Service
    Crime Lab In the World

    Added July 29, 2017 - Wildlife, including endangered species, are killed illegally, smuggled and sold for billions of dollars each year.

    Founded by a crime scene investigator, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, uses state-of-the-art technology (as well as flesh-eating beetles). Meet some of the forensics experts at "the only full service crime lab for wildlife in the world."

    Click for the story and a video.

  • Changing Our Diet to Save Species What Changes Can We
    Make to Save Animal Species?

    July 27, 2017 - How can we eat well without harming wildlife? One simple step we can all take right now that would have a far greater impact than any other (aside from having fewer children): Cut out the grain-fed beef.

    The inefficiency of feeding livestock grain to turn them into meals for humans makes a diet heavy in animals particularly harsh on the Earth’s resources. For example, in the United States, it takes 25 kilograms of grain to produce one kilogram of beef. Pigs have a grain-to-meat-ratio of 9:1, and chickens are 3:1.

    Click to learn much more.

  • National Wildlife Property Repository National Wildlife Property Repository
    Conserving America's Future

    Previous Next The National Wildlife Property Repository (NWPR) is a 22,000 square foot office and warehouse located northeast of Denver, Colorado at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. The facility is responsible for receiving wildlife items that have been forfeited or abandoned to the U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service.

    In accordance with the law, these items are stored in a secure environment, and many of the items are donated to educational facilities, nonprofit organizations, and conservation agencies to aid in teaching about endangered species and other wildlife. Others items are sent to scientific institutions to be used in research to develop better identification methods to protect wildlife.

  • Trying to Save the Last of the Vaquitas Trying to Save This Species From Extinction
    Also Means Being Witness to Their Destruction

    July 21, 2017 - Captain Oona Layolle is the campaign leader for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s Milagro III mission, which just returned from the Gulf of California after a six-month effort to save the critically endangered vaquita porpoise (Phocoena sinus) from extinction.

    The most important part of their mission — a partnership with the Mexican government — involved finding and removing illegal gillnets set by fishermen to capture another local species, the totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi), whose swim bladders that sell for thousands of dollars a pound to Chinese investors. The indiscriminate gillnets, set and anchored into place, capture and kill totoaba, vaquita and everything else that crosses their paths.

  • A Win for Wildlife in Louisiana Win for Wildlife: Louisiana
    Approves Master Restoration Plan

    July 12, 2017 - The Mississippi River Delta in Louisiana is home to some of North America’s highest concentrations of wildlife. From the beloved Louisiana black bear to Louisiana’s answer to the flamingo, the roseate spoonbill, the state is home to an exciting array of wildlife. But the important wetland habitat for these and other creatures is in trouble.

    Sadly, the coastline is disappearing at a rate of one football field every hour. But all is not lost.

    Click now to see why there
    is reason for encouragement.

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Re-evaluates Panther Preservation Florida Panther Endangered
    Status Review Could Spell
    Trouble Under Trump

    July 12, 2017 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it will review whether Florida panthers are still an endangered species.

    The review, which is required every 5 years under the Endangered Species Act, comes amid growing calls from hunters and ranchers to take the big cats off the endangered species list in response to population growth.

    Though the population has increased from perilously low numbers due to the protections provided by the Endangered Species Act, its numbers and distribution are still far too limited to secure the Florida panther from extinction.

  • Trump Chooses Big Oil Over Flipper Will Trump’s Lust
    or Oil Kill Flipper?

    July 12, 2017 - The shattering blasts come every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, for weeks on end. The Trump Administration wants to allow the use of seismic airgun blasting to map the ocean floor from Florida to Delaware in the search for oil and gas.

    Recent testimony by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke at House Natural Resources Committee has made it clear that seismic testing in the eastern Gulf of Mexico will follow next.

  • Yes - Elephants Have Ambassadors Elephant Ambassador in Chad:
    A Conversation with Stephanie Vergniault

    June 12, 2017 - On her first visit to the Republic of Chad in 1995, Stephanie Vergniault fell in love with the country’s elephants. Plentiful and easy to see at the time, they gave her a sense of freedom and peace.

    That was before the elephant poaching crisis began. By 2007, the elephant numbers had plummeted — from 20,000 in the mid-1990s to roughly 4,000 that year. Today only about 1,200 remain in Chad.

  • New Extinctions Wave Predicted For Vital Food Species New Wave Of Extinctions
    Predicted For Vital Food Species

    May 31, 2017 - oaching, illegal fishing and deforestation are threatening more than quarter of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, according to a report by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) — and the consequences are not just environmental.

  • The Pacific Fisher Threatened in California Forgotten But Not Gone:
    The Pacific Fisher

    May 31, 2017 - Despite the Pacific fisher’s high vulnerability to extinction, this little-known mammal has yet to receive federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. In the absence of this type of government regulation, an uneasy collaboration among scientists, conservation organizations, and the timber industry has filled in to take its place.

    For now, these efforts offer hope for the Pacific fisher — but without endangered species status, there are no assurances that current protections will continue into the future.

  • Poetic Justice for a Big-Game HunterBig Game Hunter Crushed
    by Dying Elephant

    May 22, 2017 - After decades of leading high-paying clients into the African wild to hunt elephants, leopards and other large game, professional hunter Theunis Botha encountered a situation last week that he could not shoot his way out of.

    The 51-year-old was leading a trophy hunt safari in Gwai, Zimbabwe, when the group unexpectedly came across a breeding herd of elephants. According to an anonymous source with the party, chaos swiftly ensued.

  • Racing Extinction - the FilmThe Team Details the
    Dangers Facing Endangered Species

    May, 2017 - Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, Oscar®-winner Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembles a team of artists and activists intent on showing the world never-before-seen images that expose issues of endangered species and mass extinction.

  • The Extinction Crisis is HereThe Extinction Crisis is Here
    How do We Keep from Feeling Overwhelmed?

    May 17, 2017- Elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory. A fungus is wiping out the world’s frogs. Ring-tailed lemurs have all but vanished into the illegal pet and meat trades. Creatures big and small are going extinct, and here in the United States the Endangered Species Act itself is constantly at risk of landing on the chopping block.

    It’s a bleak world in many ways — but is doom and gloom the only possible response?

    Quite frankly, no. As a jurnalist who has spent the past 10 years reporting on the extinction crisis, John Platt finds that the very people who are helping to save endangered species are often the ones who know the best reasons to stay optimistic.

  • Whooping Cranes Threatened by Climate Change Whooping Cranes Could Be
    Wiped Out by Climate Change

    May 17, 2017 - Whooping cranes (Grus americana) famously barely escaped extinction during the 20th century. After decades of habitat loss and unrestricted hunting, their population had crashed to just 15 birds in 1941.

    Today, thanks to intense captive-breeding programs and the protection of the Endangered Species Act, that number has soared to approximately 500 wild birds. Their seven-foot wingspans are once again visible in the sky as they migrate between their summer breeding grounds at Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada and their wintering grounds in the southern United States.

  • Endagering the Dingo, Endangers the SoilFence Study Shows Dingo
    Extermination Leads to Poorer Soil

    May 12, 2017 - A comparison of conditions in the outback on either side of Australia’s dingo fence has revealed that extermination of these apex predators affects not only the abundance of other animals and plants, but also reduces the quality of the soil.

  • What is Happening to the World's Bees? Colony Collapse:
    10 years After the Crisis Began

    May 8, 2017 - Ten years ago, beekeepers in the United States raised the alarm that thousands of their hives were mysteriously empty of bees.

    What followed was global concern over a new phenomenon: colony collapse disorder.

    Since then we have realised that it was not just the US that was losing its honey bees; similar problems have manifested all over the world.

    Click now to "Bee" informed.

  • Restoring Habitat For Monarchs In Southern OregonMonarch Butterflies -
    A Victim of Development

    May 1, 2017 - You recognize monarch butterflies — with their large, distinctively patterned orange, black and white wings, monarchs are iconic across North America for their far-ranging multi-generational migration. But the population of these colorful creatures has plummeted by 75 percent or more since the 1990s.

    Now, government agencies and local nonprofits are teaming up to restore feeding and breeding habitat for the monarchs as they make their way through southern Oregon each year.

  • W. Coast Salmon Population Hit by Drought and El Nino Fishery Managers Close
    200 Miles Of West Coast
    To Salmon Fishing

    Apr. 11, 2017 - Fishery managers with the Pacific Fishery Management Council voted Tuesday for a total closure of ocean salmon seasons from southern Oregon to northern California.

    Commercial troll fishing seasons will be closed from Florence, Oregon, to Horse Mountain, which is south of Eureka, California. Sport fishing seasons will be closed from Humbug Mountain south of Port Orford, Oregon, to Horse Mountain in northern California. The rest of the coast will have limited fishing seasons.

  • Limited Mountain Lion Population Causes Inbreeding Newborn Mountain Lion
    is the Poster Kitten
    for Wildlife Corridors

    Apr. 6, 2017 -The National Parks Service is celebrating the birth of a new mountain lion kitten born in the Santa Monica Mountains. But while the tiny, blue-eyed cougar is good news, she's also a sign of trouble. P-53, as the kitten has been dubbed, is the daughter of the female P-23, and the father is most likely the female's half-brother, P-30.

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